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Mental Health Advocate

April has championed the importance of providing mental health support to employees. She became a more visible advocate following the passing of her beloved daughter, Miss USA 2019, ExtraTV Correspondent, and attorney, Cheslie Kryst. Cheslie battled depression for many years and in January 2022, Cheslie succumbed to her battle with depression and died by suicide.

April has received her certification in Mental Health First Aid and her certificate in Emotional CPR. She has continued to work diligently for support of mental illness and mental health challenges.


April is an ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This national organization provides resources and support for those affected by mental illness.

In partnership with our family, NAMI has established the Cheslie C. Kryst Memorial Fund for Mental Health.


In Honor Of Cheslie

Cheslie touched lives around the world. Her altruism, compassion, and giving heart left an incredible legacy. Our family is honored to have endorsed the organizations below who have chosen to honor Cheslie by giving to others.


Click on the links below to learn more about the scholarships, funds, and generous organizations who have chosen to honor her.  



April has shared the importance of workplace mental health initiatives with audiences of all sizes across the country.  

April has cited her employer's critical role in supporting her mental health and grief journey following the loss of her daughter. She also shares the many ways business leaders and decision-makers can support the mental health of their employees, how to create an atmosphere where it's okay not to be okay, and the many resources, policies and culture shifts that employers can immediately implement to support the mental wellness of employees.

April may be available to speak at your conference, leadership retreat, or meeting on the critical topic of mental health. 

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